Different people are affected by stress in different ways. Stress tends to exacerbate our natural tendencies, throwing us farther and farther from center. Reducing stress requires us to find ways to restore our emotional balance, to come back to center. What helps one person reduce stress may not work for someone else.
We encourage you to try all of our Reducing Stress and Anxiety videos and find what works best for you. However, most people will identify with one of the two following descriptions and this will guide you to the videos that are most likely to be helpful to you.
If you're like Melody: You are high energy, intense, and often categorized as a “Type A” personality. You operate from your nervous system pretty much all the time. It doesn’t take much to make you feel stressed and anxious and when you do, you feel scattered in a million directions. Your normally high energy rises even higher and you feel completely ungrounded and all over the place. Like fire and air, you are blown about, rising and dispersing. For you, stillness is a powerful means to reduce your stress and anxiety because stillness allows all the scattered aspects of you to settle back into oneness. Stillness with your heart facing upward is particularly helpful for you because your heart is connected so strongly to the heavens. If this describes you, we recommend you try videos 1 – 4 below.
If you're like Lisa: You are inward-focused and often struggle to summon enough energy to get through the day. You are very calm and grounded and a little bit of stress doesn’t shake you in the least. For you, stress builds slowly and cumulatively and you eventually experience it as a tremendous weight that pulls you down. Stress is more likely to make you feel depressed rather than anxious. Like water and earth, you are drawn ever downward when under stress, and it can seem almost impossible to lift yourself up, either physically or emotionally. For you, movement is an essential part of reducing stress and depression; it forces you out of inertia, gets energy flowing, and allows you to begin releasing the weight of the stress you are carrying. Along with movement, heart facing downward poses may be particularly helpful because your heart is so strongly connected to the earth. If this describes you, we recommend you try videos 5 and 6 below.
Props: We use a variety of props in the following videos, as well as in some of our classes, especially restorative classes. Yoga props are generally inexpensive and readily available online or from your local yoga studio.